Telco cloud transformation is poised to have a substantial impact on communications service provider (CSP) operations, but according to a new whitepaper from Analysys Mason—commissioned by Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE)—that impact will not be immediate and its scope and nature will vary widely across various CSPs and markets. Specifically, not all elements of CSPs operations life cycle for network virtualization – a critical element of telco cloud transformation – will be affected equally and simultaneously.
In a new whitepaper, research and advisory firm Analysys Mason studies the operational changes that network virtualization will demand of CSPs. To meet essential business objectives for service innovation in the digital economy, CSPs must be able to properly operate and maintain virtual and hybrid next-generation networks. In particular, this report analyzes the impact that telco cloud transformation—specifically, network virtualization in the form of Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) and Software-Defined Networking (SDN)—will likely have on various elements of CSPs’ operations life cycle.
Analysys Mason expects that most CSPs will implement the NFV/SDN telco cloud transformation in three distinct phases: virtualization (phase 1), orchestration (phase 2), and cloud native (phase 3). As such, the benefits that CSPs will reap from their telco cloud transformation are likewise predicted to materialize over time, as they progress through those three phases over a number of years.
The whitepaper specifically focuses on the impact that telco cloud transformation will have on service creation, order management, procurement and purchasing, provisioning and acceptance testing, and troubleshooting and maintenance. Analysys Mason focuses particularly on the anticipated impacts that the orchestration phase will have on these operational areas, since it is during this phase that CSPs’ operations will undergo the most extensive change.
Read the whitepaper to see how CSPs that want to increase their relevance and transform into digital service providers can use virtualization techniques from IT to rethink how to build and manage their communications networks. To achieve success in the digital economy, CSPs will need to deploy a flexible and agile architecture that can dynamically and holistically provision and manage physical and virtual resources to support service innovation at scale. The whitepaper concludes with clear findings about next steps and recommendations for moving forward intelligently and successfully into a new telco reality.